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Posted: January 14, 2016

As we await announcements from Bacchus and Orpheus about their celebrity monarchs, the Krewe of Argus announced last night on the 9 PM newscast on Fox 8 that retiring weatherman Bob Breck will ride as the club's grand marshall in 2016.

The Krewe of Muses announced that New Orleans resident, Solange Knowles, the singer/songwriter, founder of Saint Records and noted creative director will serve as the Krewe's Honorary Muse for the 2016 parade. As the Honorary Muse, Solange will lead the carnival organization's sixteenth parade, on February 4, 2016. Solange will ride in the Krewe of Muses's iconic shoe float, a 17-foot tall fiber optic encrusted red pump.

2016 Krewe of Tucks Captains Bobby Reichert and Lloyd Frischhertz announced the 2016 grand marshall's, reality star and fashionista, NOLA born Stassi Schroeder and WGNO "News With A Twist" anchors LBJ, Susan Roesgen, Wild Bill Wood, Curt Sprang, Martha Spencer, and Kenny Lopez. These local celebrities all have New Orleans ties which fit perfectly into our 2016 theme, "TUCKS IN THE HOOD" celebrating the local neighborhoods of the Greater New Orleans Area.

Bidding on Muses' 2016 Annual Parade Ride eBay Auction ends January 15. Muses' past auctions have attracted tremendous internet attention and bidding wars. "The mission of our Krewe has always been to share the Muses Mardi Gras and philanthropic spirit with New Orleanians and lovers of New Orleans - near and far," said Krewe Captain Staci Rosenberg.

The Krewe of Freret is hosting its annual coronation ball at the People's Health New Orleans Jazz Market this Saturday. Tickets sales offset the cost of the float and beads costs for Son of Saints Boys who ride the club's parade on January 30. For tickets or to make a donation, visit the Son of a Saint Clubhouse at 3427 Palmyra Street.

New Orleans Musicians' Clinic Fund Raiser
Each year on the Thursday before Krewe du Vieux, Friends of the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic gather to raise awareness and much needed funding for the 501(c)3 nonprofit's mission. Providing health care and support services to local performers keeps New Orleans music and culture ALIVE, and who better to spread the word than Naughty Nurses? Led by New Orleans' own ‘Empress of the Insane,' Ms. Trixie Minx, several teams of Naughty Nurses make special visits throughout the evening to collect donations from businesses, bars and restaurants in and around the parade route.

The Carnival calendar is full this weekend
Posted: January 08, 2016

Tonight the Jefferson Parish Inaugural King's Day Carnival Kickoff will be at Lafreniere Park at 6 PM. The public is invited to the free event where krewe captains and royalty will be introduced.

The oldest female krewe, Iris, presents its annual ball tonight. The club has moved from the Pontchartrain Center to the New Orleans Hilton. Tomorrow night at the Morial Convention Center, the Endymion Coronation ball will he held and a 50th anniversary king will be selected by lottery.

Also Saturday night in Covington, the fifth annual march of the St. John's Fools of Misrule will parade at 6PM

On Sunday, this year's first two-preseason parades roll in Slidell as the 30-year old Krewe of Claude rolls at 1 PM followed by the new Krewe of Poseidon, which promises more than 400 members.

Celebrity watch-will we finally learn the identities of Bacchus and the Orpheus monarch this weekend?

Stay tuned.

King's Day is tomorrow!
Posted: January 05, 2016

Carnival begins for real Wednesday as the Mayor and representatives of all New Orleans krewes gather at Mardi Gras World to kick off the 2016 season.

In the evening St. Joan or Arc march in the French Quarter, while the Phunny Phorty Phellows ride the St. Charles Avenue streetcar to usher in the festive season.

The Mystic Krewe of Satyricon’s Twelfth Night Ball will be held that night at Cafe Istabul, 2372 St. Claude Avenue. Admission by $20 donation.

On Sunday, this year's first two-preseason parades roll in Slidell as the 30-year old Krewe of Claude rolls at 1 PM followed by the new Krewe of Posiedon, which promises more than 400 members.

Hardy news

I will appear on the Fox 8 Morning News show January 6 at 8:15 AM and on the 4 PM and 5 PM newscasts as we preview the Phunny Phorty Phellows parade.

I will serve as master of ceremonies this Friday at the Jefferson Parish Inaugural King's Day Carnival Kickoff Event at Lafreniere Park at 6 PM. The public is invited to the free event where krewe captains and royalty will be introduced.

2016 Happenings
Posted: January 02, 2016

Here's s look at some miscellaneous Carnival events.

See 2016 calendar at right for major parades.

Wednesday, January 6
Phunny Phorty Phellows, Joan of Arc
Satyricon 12th Night Ball, Zulu exhibits open

Saturday, January 9
Fools of Misrule in Covington

Tuesday, January 12
Hidden Treasures Carnival Edition at LSM

Thursday, January 14
Hidden Treasures Carnival Edition at LSM

Thursday, January 21
LPO Carnaval at Orpheum

Friday, January 22
LPO Carnaval at First Baptist in Covington

Saturday, January 23
Krewe du Vieux, krewedelusion,

Friday, January 29
Family Gras, Cork

Saturday, January 30
Family Gras, ‘tit Rex, Chewbacchus

Sunday, January 31
Family Gras, King Cake Festival, Barkus

Friday, February 5
Mask Market, Greasing of Poles, DIVAs

Saturday, February 6
Mask Market, Endymion Samedi Gras

Sunday, February 7
Mask Market

Monday, February 8
Mask Market, Lundi Gras in Kenner,
Zulu Lundi Gras in Woldenberg Park,
Rex Lundi Gras at Riverwalk

Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 9
Krewe of St. Anne, KOE,
Zulu Parade
Rex Parade
Bourbon Street Costume Contest,
Meeting of the Courts of Rex and Comus

Wednesday, February 10
Ash Wednesday

Sunday, February 14
Mardi Paws in Mandeville

Fat Tuesday Is Six Weeks Away
Posted: December 29, 2015

It's hard to believe that Fat Tuesday is six weeks from today!

* Our 40th annual magazine has begun distribution
* All pre-orders from this site have been shipped or will be by December 31
* Soon we will be updating this site with 2016 information
* Our new Mardi Gras Guide APP will be available shortly


Look for an announcement next week about celebrity monarchs for Orpheus.

If Bacchus has a king, the krewe is keeping it a secret.

Next week the fun begins for real with much activity on Twelfth Night.

Stay tuned.

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